Have you ever noticed that students get to school late? One of the main reasons that students arrive at school late is because they have to wake up early. Even though some students may wake up early, it has become a problem for them because they do not get sufficient rest. Students arrive at school very early, but they might also not be able to concentrate because of the early schedule. If students are not able to focus, they will not learn what they are supposed to learn. Students who go to school early will always be falling asleep in class. This affects the students because they do not get their proper sleep and they do not concentrate. Obtaining not enough sleep can make the students fail their classes.
According to the centers for disease control and prevention they have proven that starting school later may help teenagers get enough sleep and improve their health, performances, and quality of life. It has also become common among all high school students and is associated with several health risks including overweight, drinking alcohol, using tobacco and using drugs, as well as reduced academic performance. The ( American Academy of Pediatrics ) has recommended that middle school and high school start at 8:30 or later to give students the opportunity to get the amount of sleep they need, but most adolescents start school too early. About 42 states have reported that most (75%-100%) public middle schools and high schools start school earlier than 8:30 am. Adequate sleep enables improved academic performances.The American Academy of sleep medicine has recommended that teenagers from 13 to 18 years should regularly sleep 8 to 10 hours per day for good health. Those who do not get enough sleep are most likely to
- Be overweight
- Suffer from symptoms of depression
- Perform poorly in school
- Engage in unhealthy risk behaviors such as drinking, smoking tobacco, and using illicit drugs.
“I think it is great because not everyone likes waking up early, ” said Daniela Garcia, JCECHS student. With that said, students are better off with a later schedule.